Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: English Strong Ale State/Country: England ABV: 6.6% Serving Type: 16 oz Look: 9 Copper color, thick off white head, spotty lacing Smell: 9 Malts, caramel, toffee, fruity Taste: 8 Toasted malts, toffee, caramel, nutty, wood, bitter finish Mouthfeel: 8 Medium body and carbonation Drinkability: 7 It can be sessioned at 6 pounds, but it's one and done for me Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 8 Cost/16 oz serving: $3.99 Overall Impression: This beer was OK for me. It didn't rock my world. I've had better Strong Ales. Try it if you like the style.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Bock State/Country: Massachusetts ABV: 5.8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Dark brown color, big tan head that settles quick, nice lacing Smell: 8 Faint hints of cocoa and malts Taste: 8 Chocolate milk, malty, brown sugar Mouthfeel: 8 Medium with little carbonation Drinkability: 8 Almost like drinking chocolate milk. I could only drink one of these as a dessert beer. Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9
Cost/12 oz serving: $1.44
Overall Impression: I had this beer years ago when it was brewed and aged on a bed of chocolate. The beer then had a richer chocolate flavor to it. Now it tastes more like chocolate syrup was added to it. It's still a beer that you must try at least once.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pale Ale State/Country: New Jersey ABV: 5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 7 Clear light copper color, huge head, very sticky lacing Smell: 7 Bread, grass, citrus, dish detergent Taste: 6 Metallic, cracker, grass, caramel, soapy Mouthfeel: 6 Light body and carbonation Drinkability: 6 I can't finish it. As they say on “Shark Tank”....I'm out! Overall Score: 6.4 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.33 Overall Impression: I can't seem to find a Cricket Hill beer that really impressed me and this one failed miserably!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Porter State/Country: Hawaii ABV: 5.4 Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Black color, thin light brown head, stringy lacing Smell: 8 Faint smells of coffee, chocolate and malt Taste: 9 Coffee, chocolate, nutty, burnt cookie, wood, slight biterness Mouthfeel: 8 Medium dry body with light carbonation Drinkability: 9 It's almost like drinking an iced espresso but not as intense. I could down another. Overall Score: 8.6 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.33 Overall Impression: WOW! For not being an Imperial Porter this beer has a lot going on! It's a session beer for me at a little over 5 lbs. The price was nice too. I can definitely hang ten with this one!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Red Ale/Amber Ale State/Country: California ABV: 8.1% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Dark amber color, off white fluffy head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Floral, earthy, grass, malt Taste: 8.5 Very hoppy for a Red Ale, grass, pine, biscuit, toffee, caramel Mouthfeel: 9 Creamy body with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 Drinks almost like a Rye Ale without the caraway notes, creamy and smooth! Overall Score: 8.8 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.50 Overall Impression: Red Ale's ain't my thang, but I must say this was a tasty beast of a beer! Ya done right again Sierra Nevada!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pumpkin Ale State/Country: Maryland ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8 Black like a Stout, off white head, sticky lacing Smell: 9 Pumpkin spice, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, booze Taste: 9 Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg, pie crust, toasty malts, slight alcohol Mouthfeel: 8.5 Medium and slightly chewy with medium carbonation Drinkability: 9 I have no fear while I drink this brew! One more please! Overall Score: 8.7 Value: 8 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.17 Overall Impression: This is a very complex Pumpkin Ale. Looks like a Porter or Stout and it has some spiciness that doesn't kill my palate. As the beer warmed, I was drawn to it and wanted more. I must feed again! The Fear has taken control, and I love it!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Russian Imperial Stout State/Country: California ABV: 9% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Pitch black color, thick tan head, nice lacing Smell: 9 Cocoa, coffee, brown sugar, dark fruits Taste: 9 Dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, malt, tinge of bitterness, booze Mouthfeel: 9 Rich and creamy with good carbonation Drinkability: 9 If it wasn't for the ABV I could session this all day! Overall Score: 9 Value: 10 Cost/12 oz serving: $2.50 Overall Impression: Words are hard to describe this awesome brew. It is the perfect representation of the style. You know you're in for something wonderful to happen to you after the first sip. If this beer was a woman, I'd marry it!
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Imperial Stout State/Country: Pennsylvania ABV: 8% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 9 Motor oil color, tan head fades quick, stringy lacing Smell: 8 Faint hints of coffee, chocolate, malts and booze Taste: 8.5 Chocolate, coffee, malty, dark fruits, slight bitterness Mouthfeel: 8 Medium silky body with little carbonation Drinkability: 9 Nice nighttime sipper. A deuce will do me fine! Overall Score: 8.5 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.84 Overall Impression: A solid Imperial Stout from the folks in Easton PA! The beer's complexity comes through as it warms. A must try for those who like the style.
Reviewed By: Herr Mike Style: Pumpkin Ale State/Country: New York ABV: 5.5% Serving Type: 12 oz Look: 8.5 Medium copper color, nice fluffy head, spotty lacing Smell: 8.5 Pumpkin, clove, allspice, cinnamon, malt Taste: 8 Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, bready Mouthfeel: 8 Light with light carbonation Drinkability: 8 The spice is balanced and at 5.5% is easy to drink. Two and I'm good. Overall Score: 8.2 Value: 9 Cost/12 oz serving: $1.61 Overall Impression: Good seasonal showing from Southampton. Not a palate killer with the spice which make drinking it nice.